Early Bird – 12th June

Unfortunately Drum Machine never got the breaks despite travelling really well and Spencer eased off when he realised his chance was gone. Not one to give up on as it is definitely capable of picking up another race off its mark.

8:10 Southwell – Ballyalton

Better known as a chaser which it has been running over mostly the last few years, however was second to Faugheen in the Neptune at Cheltenham back in 2014 and still unexposed over this kind of trip over the smaller obstacles. Does appreciate better ground, its record on good to soft or faster under rules reads 1121112U6156P compared with 42F4445 on soft or heavy so will appreciate the better conditions. Creditable run when last seen over hurdles considering it was its first run back after 569 days off the track where it travelled well before fitness just told. Looks a decent type for summer jumps where there is some much better class of racing these days. If it stays the trip then at this level it can be very competitive.

1pt e/w Ballyalton @ 9/1 Bet365, Skybet and WillHill